British Grand Prix Manchester 2012

Published on Monday, September 24, 2012

Round One
Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep
[1] James Willstrop (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (59m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
 [1] James Willstrop

8/11, 11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (66m)

Laurens Jan Anjema
[1] James Willstrop

7/11, 11/6, 11/4, 15/17, 15/13 (118m)

[3] Grégory Gaultier

[1] James Willstrop

4/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/5 (78m)

[2] Nick Matthew

Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (36m)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/6, 11/3, 11/5 (49m)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Simon Rosner

12/10, 10/12, 11/5, 11/7 (68m)

 [3] Grégory Gaultier
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11/6, 11/7. 11/4 (36m)
[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
Borja Golan (Esp)
 11/8, 7/11, 12/10, 11/2 (85m) 
[4] Peter Barker (Eng)
[4] Peter Barker

11/8, 11/1, 11/3 (43m)

  Adrian Grant
[4] Peter Barker

11/6, 11/7, 11/3 (48m)

[2] Nick Matthew
Adrian Grant (Eng)
7/11, 7/11, 11/3, 12/10, 11/6 (87m)
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Alister Walker (Bot)
11/7, 14/12, 11/3 (57m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Alister Walker 

9/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/3 (58m)

[2] Nick Matthew
Tom Richards (Eng)
14/12, 12/10, 11/0 (48m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)

23 septembre, Demis :

[1] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-2 [3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
           7/11, 11/6, 11/4, 15/17, 15/13 (118m)

Willstrop wins a cracker

James Willstrop came through a marvelous two-hour semi-final against Gregory Gaultier in front of a packed crowd at the National Squash Centre to claim the first place in the final of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix.

And what a match it was. Gaultier, the third seed and world number three took a close firt game 11/7, but too many unforced errors were his undoing in the next two games as world number one Willstrop took them 11/6, 11/5.

But Gaultier struck back to take a 5/1 lead in the fourth, had several chances to finish it off from 10/8 up but was getting the worse of the decisions and video reviews. Eventually at 16/15, haveing saved two match balls, he walked off court after being awarded a stroke, which was confirmed by the appeal process with Willstrop on court and Gaultier sipping from a spectator's water bottle courtside!

The fifth was a thriller, with both players struggling physically at times, but Willstrop's amazing retrieving and Gaultier's occasional errors kept it close all the way.

Gaultier had match ball at 10/9, asked for and was given a let when it was really James' prerogative to ask. Again the video ref disappointed the Frenchman, and it was Willstrop who eventually took it on his third match ball of the game.

The crowd rose, the players embraced. Quite a match.

23/09/12 : Demis

"Well, I had a speech all prepared, I thought I was going to win!!!!

"I really enjoyed playing today. I couldn’t have my normal training preparation with the birth of my baby, but I thought I did not too bad, a bit up and down, but I managed to get through most of the match. I got a few cramps in the left quad at the start of the 5th – that’s lack of preparation really – but well done James, and good luck for tomorrow. 

"Shame that tin was just too high for me tonight…"


22 septembre, quarts :

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bat Simon Rosner (Ger)
 12/10, 10/12, 11/5, 11/7 (68m)

“After wining the first, I was up 4/0 and just relaxed too much. It’s only in the third and fourth I started to vary my shots to the four corners, I was able to speed up the pace. But he didn’t make it simple for me, that’s for sure!!!

“At the end, I just tried to make him work as hard as possible but it was really a tough battle, all credit to him, he just played fantastic, and I did what I could with how I was feeling on court today. 

“Not my best performance, again, all credit to Simon, but happy to just scrap through and to have found solutions to the problems he caused me!

“Now, I’m happy to sleep, but I’m sad not to see my little one. It’s such a great experience, I think I was even happier than when I got to world number one !!!! I’m joking, it’s a completely different feeling, I’m just happy.”

21 septembre, premier tour :

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bat [Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 11/4 (36m)

That was more of less Greg’s game plan against young lefthander Adrian Waller – does it go with the name Adrian to be lefthanded? – 50 in the world.

First game, the Englishman took a while to get used to seeing the ball/pace. He only got into the groove on game ball, 10/3, saving three of those. But Greg’s low and hard hit was just too accurate to be denied the first game in 6 minutes.

The second was more of a battle, with Adrian really getting into the match, volleying extremely well, and putting Greg under much more pressure he did in the first game. The rallies got longer, more intense, 5/4, 6/5, 7/6. Even if the Frenchman always had the advantage, it was much too close for comfort. Still, Greg takes it again in 12 minutes, 11/7.

The score of the third doesn’t tell the story, 11/4, it was still 10m of hard rallies, again excellent volleying from Adrian “he is too tall for me” smiled Greg to the crowd…. And if there was only going to be one winner, I hope that Adrian is happy with his match, because I feel he really got in the right pace/rhythm by the end of the 1st game, and showed some excellent attacking accurate game today.

"I was moving well today. Of course, having a baby coming into your life is a big change. First two weeks, you get overwhelmed by emotions, so you don’t sleep at all. And then, when the mum and the baby come back home, you don’t sleep much either of course!

"But I’m very lucky, Veronika is doing most of the work, as I’m barely there, with the training for the new season. You get used to sleep 6/7hours a night, and you get used to having something that feels your life. You cannot be selfish again, you have somebody else to think about all day long, it’s such a pleasure, it brings so much to your life.

"And on top of that, I haven’t had the chance to play squash for a long time, so I’m so hungry for playing, I’m enjoying it so much, and that I feel makes the difference.